Saturday, April 12, 2008

The game is afoot!

Like my outfit? Everything but the skin was free, including the poses from the free AO. GO HUNT! Swiftly, I'm not sure how long the hunt is going to last. Details on Creamy Cooljoke's post. (Many thanks to Miss Ellantha for the hard brain work.)

By the way, this hunt will seriously deplete your wallet if you allow it -- the adorable little shops have waaaay too many awesome things in them.

[Dear SL: Whyfor are you making all my screenshots crappy in resolution? I swear I used all the right settings. Grumpy & no love, blogger.]

My outfit includes the following free items from the sim opening hunt for Albero Mall, details in Creamy's post:

**THE CLOSET** Gypsy bungle
booN albero freeGIFT hair black
Swallowtail Full Prim Choker ALBERO
*UnToneQuilt*albero special Sandals
*HB* Crow-skirt
**~Twinkleberry~** ALBERO2 earrings

Crow wing heartbeat

Oh, hello boy Ach. I'd forgotten about you until Tomoyuki Batra started chatting at me, and I remembered how much fun it is to play a slender, pretty, effete boi. I'd already dressed up my girl avatar in ~silentsparrow's~ new karasu shirt, so I slipped on the boy shape, and realized...that I could wear almost exactly the same thing and look just fine! Go go unisex styling! I couldn't justify the cameo on boy Ach, sadly, but I tried.

(The Shop Seu hair on boy Ach has me singing "Dance, magic, dance.")

So yes. ~silentsparrow~ released a new unisex shirt in eight colors (100L per shirt, and you get two each on shirt and jacket layer), with a fascinating doodle on the left-hand panel that had me mesmerized. I see a crow, a tombstone, a shadowy swamp, a sickle moon...

I'm wearing the pumpkin color, of course, because it's only six months until my favorite holiday!

***Hair: *SHOP SEU* ikemen hair (for women, yes)
***Shirt: ~silentsparrow~ karasu in pumpkin
***Pants: Schadenfreude stripe pants in pumpkin, but none for you :D
(on boy ach)
***Skin: TheAbyss Scorpio_Dystopian[1]
***Goggles: ::69:: (main store slurl) SkullGoggles
(on girl ach)
***Hair flower: /artilleri/ hair flower in orange
***Skin: /artilleri/ lily (porcelain) *choco*
***Necklace: ::Violet Voltaire:: Gargoyle Cameo, Starlust store freebie (perhaps no longer a freebie)
***Belt: Kiki's Closet BLUFF [SILVER]

Friday, April 11, 2008

I'm wearing a scarf

Japancakes +J+ Petal Scarf with color-changing hud and ten colors, 150L

I met Tabris Pau of Japancakes whilst engaging in the Paper Couture purchasing frenzy. She was completely adorable as a bunny in a haute couture gown, and wore a scarf of her own design. In fact, the scarf was so perfect for the dress that I thought it was part of the ensemble until Tabris set me straight.

"I design scarves and a few other things," Tabris said shyly.

Some of the colors for the petal scarf

Tabris's shop is completely adorable, an island of green in urban sprawl. The shop is very definitely furry friendly, with polaroids of beast friends adorning a bulletin board, and a dress made to accommodate bunbun ears.

Japancakes +J+ Wild Petal Scarf with color-changing hud and ten colors, 150L

Tabris also sells hair ornaments, a few of which I purchased. She's got talent and a cute shop! What more can you hope for in Second Life, the entrepreneur's dream? (This reminds me that Second Life is so much like the America of Horatio Alger fame. Strike a line of gold, create a market, inspire a desire... then make it big in the penny dreadfuls.)

***Hat: *Kru's Boutique Katz Hat
***Hair: ETD Leslie in black
***Skin: Boneflower Designs :: Whispers of Night :: Deathly F [Blood Harlequin Slayer]
***Dress: {Gisaci} Little Mary - Black
***Tattoo: *EtchD* group gift for St. Patrick's Day, Arm Bars 2
***Gloves: Schadenfreude Revenant dress in noir, gloves from the set

SL, the sanity break

Cute dollarbie and 10L/box poses from IZUMIYA

I love SL because it lets me hide for a precious few moments from the suck that is RL.

Today, RL sucks because of my daughter's health insurance. She's on state Medicaid because I'm a graduate student with a nice tiny stipend to cover our bills. This week, my daughter's insurance was terminated because they misfiled my forms.

Her case worker called this morning finally after my repeated calls and said that she'd "be nice and let me reapply." She actually SAID this to me. I have some choice words for this situation, and they start with adjectives like incompetent.

I want my time back from the ... people at Medicaid who took it this week. I speculate that idiots are consciously hired so that poor people die due to lack of health insurance. My daughter currently has no medical coverage because my file was "on the wrong desk."

Nothing pisses me off more than people @#$@ing with my child.

My avatar says, if I'm cute and fluffy nobody will see the razor-sharp claws.

***Poses: Dollarbie box of poses from IZUMIYA. Cute, aren't they? There's also a 10L box of poses in this shop.
***Hair: -Hiccup alala in black
***Skin: MiaSnow *mia* DAHLIAN Skin 7
***Hoodie sweatshirt: Curious Kitties *C:K* Skull Knit Kitty Hoodie
***Skirt: #Versteck# from the Purpura Dress (which is on sale for 25L right now!)
***Gloves: Last Call from the Donatella outfit (and I think Last Call is all gone now :( )
***Cuffs: Caroline's Jewelry (Caroline's) Spiked Bracelets
***Boots: ::69:: (main store) MoccasinBoots Rouge

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Animal in Canimal

On my last post as a furry, someone raised the issue that perhaps furries would get more fashion cred if they wore more haute couture, less raver and goth. This remark lingered in my brain. After rolling it around some, I decided that I think raver clothing looks cute on furries, partly because there are so many fluffy prim parts to flash.

What is the fashion aesthetic of a reindeer, anyway? Knowing me, the aesthetic is probably on the goth edge, but I kept Naoki's remarks in mind and tried for more mainstream as well. Here are two looks, spanning furry fashion from elegant to adorable. As always, clothing is a unique personal choice, and one person's omg-ew is another person's must-have. What remains constant (in my blog) is the quality construction of the pieces. :D

***Hair: Calico Ingmann Creations Sarah II in ivory
***Shape, hair, antlers, hooves, skin...: Wingless Emoto's free avatars DSC reindeer 2007 GIFT in snow
***Tattoo: Canimal Tiki Time
On first photo:
***Necklace: ::Violet Voltaire:: gank choker in white with black stitching
***Dress: Canimal Nox dress in white
***Jacket: Canimal HoundsTooth open jacket in white spotty
On second photo:
***Necklace: Bonita's Jewelry Antique Pearl Wrapped Necklace, was a freebie
***Shrug: SLink Pink Cashmere Shrug from Pink Ring party dress costume
***Dress: Haute Style & Co. ~HSC~ Bonji dress

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Big and boot-y

Boots. There are so many songs about boots. As I sat to write these words, my mind started to fill with poetry... Fitting, because I love boots, and the theme of this post is boots with stuff on them. In the words of Nancy Sinatra:

These boots are made for walking, and that's just what they'll do
one of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you.

Or perhaps you'll walk all over the place IN them instead.

Dark Depressions Skull Chain Boots

The other thing about boots is that they're made for hard work. Like dancing in clubs, or walking on ex-lovers, or wandering. I think I like the last reason for boots the best, and it made me think of childhood poetry...

Where am I going? I don't quite know.
Down to the stream where the king-cups grow-
Up on the hill where the pine-trees blow-
Anywhere, anywhere. I don't know.
(A.A. Milne)

First Flower ~ FF ~ Hollyhock Laced Black Shine Purple Laces

Did you know that there's an online compilation of poetry dedicated to Cowboy boots? They don't quite fit the theme of boots with stuff on them, sadly, but I understand the fetish.

You cynical types, I know what you'll say,
But I'll honor her love to my last lovin' day,
I continue to lose when I play with three suits,
But my hearts always go to the girl with the boots.
(James V. Miller)

::69:: (main shop) AntiqueBoots with Neko charms in black and brown

When I was chatting with Allegory about a few places to go to find boots, she said: "You must go Neko!" It's true. Neko style is all about hanging stuff off of the boots, and to prove it, ::69:: sells a set of cute charms for their AntiqueBoots that even have tiny cats clinging to them, and the word 'Neko' in case you missed the theme.

.:-CatniP-:. Slum Stompers (Sloshed) -- there's a dry version too

Boots with stuff on them are also useful. Like the ones with alcohol and cigarettes strapped to them. These boots are made for drinkin' and smokin'. Want free boots? Go check out Creamy's post here!

Carnival of Doom Unisex Laced Boots Skull

Has anyone else noticed how maddening yet pretty the new browser is? I can't adjust the lighting properly to save my life -- my face is thoroughly hidden in shadows -- but go to the right sim and there's a glorious burst of color all over the place. I took these photos at the ::69:: main store, and I couldn't believe what it looked like. Part Disney, part abandoned farmhouse, all awash in light.

(Other outfit details:)
***Hat: Carnival of Doom *CD* Tophat white and black v. striped
***Corset and dolly skirt: Schadenfreude Revenant dress in ghost, comes with and enormous number of pieces
***Skin: MiaSnow *MIA* Dahlia The Starlet
***Hair: Nylon Outfitters (NO) Leah
***Stockings: *Sheer* Torn Nylons stripes fade black
***Necklace: Swallowtail jupiter necklace in black

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Thick skin

Numen Tattoos n Skins store freebie - Capernycs crabs

I'd intended to wear nothing but underpants to show off these vivid, imaginative tattoos from Numen Tattoos n Skins, and then I was hit by a wave of shyness and put on bloomers instead. Yes, I fail at nakedness!

Oh well. What matters are the tattoos, which fired my imagination because of their color and shape, as if a pageful of doodles crawled their way off of a notebook and onto my skin. I love the cheeky positioning, too -- these are no shrinking violet tattoos, they'll take over your outfit if you let them.

Numen Tattoos n Skins Red Blossom Arm Tattoo by 713/WEBER
and Sexy Octopi Unisex TATTOO

I do love tattoos in SL, the less realistic the better. Would I ever get two octopi tattooed over my boobs IRL? Absolutely not. What better place to explore the boob-octopi side of my personality than SL?

(The rest of Axis Mundi is lovely, do explore! It is the home of another ~silentsparrow~ location, as well as To a T and a number of other fine shops. The artwork by 713 is especially worth visiting!)

Numen Tattoos n Skins Cyclops Octopi Unisex TATTOOs

(Other outfit details, although you totally can't see the rest of it:)
***Hair: Calico Ingmann Creations Deliah hair in midnight
***Skin: Fleur Vivant Cream Fleur
***Gloves: Fleur Gloves in black, medium length
***Bloomers: ~silentsparrow~ bloody mary bloomers from the set, over moonshadow bloomers on the underpants layer
***Boots: (Shiny Things) Old Laceup Boots in hard black
***Modesty bits: Dark Eden Pasties - store freebie

Monday, April 7, 2008

Oh deer

I have a tail to tell.

A few days ago, while frock shopping with Lawless, I dropped into Paper Couture in animal form. I believe I was a wolf wearing ~silentsparrow's~ Seraph suit. As soon as I got to the second floor, I heard this:

"...A furry. In couture. I never thought I'd see the day."

I explained that I'm only a weekend -- nay, moonlighting -- furry. I only don the furry outfit if I'm wearing an adorable dolly skirt, because all that cute is simply over-the-top with a dollop of claws and fangs.

"Aww. We don't have a token couture-wearing furry?"

I caved. My furry avatars are going to start appearing in more of these photos, simply because furries are vastly underrepresented on the various fashion feeds. Furries, represent!

Now someone come give me a scritch, these bubbles are seriously smashing my tail.

***Shape, hair, antlers, hooves, skin...: Wingless Emoto's free avatars DSC reindeer 2007 GIFT in emo color (not quite sure what the name of the shop is)
***Necklace: (Second Mirage) cultured necklace
***Tattoo: *EtchD* Sin's Henna tintable tattoo
***Ensemble (corset, skirt, prim skirt): Royal Blue (RB) Eternal-Universe
***Hair ornament: *UnTone* silver chain flower

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Bright jewelry for a dark girl

My drow has jools. She'd like to inform you that no pillaging was done in the acquisition of this necklace, earrings and ring. There were no countless bodies piled up in steaming heaps under a red sun, nor were there screams from displaced villagers as her mighty sword...

Er. Sorry. Whenever I put on my drow, my imagination kinda runs away with me. *cough*

The lovely jewelry set is from ~flirt~, and the grey fur coat was NOT obtained by slaying bugbears in the high reaches of the lonely mountains, but instead was a gift from Schadenfreude for the Haute Couture sim opening. The outfit from Blue Blood, however, was totally obtained by slaying a schoolteacher.

***Hair: tukinowaguma haruna black
***Skin: Blue Blood Drow Skin Blue eyes spider tear
***Necklace, earrings, ring: ~flirt~ :: Interactions Set
***Jacket: Schadenfreude cropped grey fur coat, free gift from the Haute Couture gift hunt
***Wristwarmers: Schadenfreude black and white stripey arm warmers, another gift from the store at some point in the past.
***Outfit (skirt, pants, shirt, vest -- two other skirts, a prim collar, shoes and a cape not shown): Blue Blood Illusion female outfit
***Shoes: (Shiny Things) Old Boots in hard black

Beauty is not a superficial form

Beauty, Beautious, Beautiful
By David Taylor

Beauty is not a superficial form
Each has their own in essential nature
And in the actions they perform
Until the dissolution of their life
To leave beauty’s impressions in our hearts
Yesterdays beauty never leaves or departs.

Beauty is all around
Each and every place it may be found
As you look with open eyes
Upon the forms that nature makes
Then man seeks to imitate
Yearning to match that beauty all around.

Beauty if you cannot find
Beauty must be in mind.

***Shirt: Schadenfreude Ultraviolet Skelebeater - Starlust sim opening freebie, get it before it disappears!
***Hair: ETD Deidra in black
***Skin: Celestial Studios *CS* Charmed Skin - 00 (gloss-red)
***Necklace, earrings: Second Mirage Fierce in amethyst
***Lipring: Synthetic Memory *SM spiky rainbow lipring - freebie!
***Skirt: Royal Blue Poof Poof Skirt Purple
***Shoes: (Shiny Things) Clara slingbacks - purple
***Tights: Winter Moon *WM* Fishnet Socks (tintable)
***Gloves: The Jersey Lily Mae's Black Amethyst long gloves by ladyartista - store freebie!